Join Lucy Gellman, Editor of the Arts Paper, Justin Farmer, City Councilor of Hamden’s 5th District, and Elaine Kolb, activist & musician in a conversation on disability, dating, and love. Listen in as these community leaders dive into their own love stories and romantic journeys.
Loving All of Me: A Conversation on Disability, Love & Dating
Lucy Gellman is the editor of the Arts Paper and co-founder of the Youth Arts Journalism Initiative at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. As a reporter and editor, she covers arts, culture, and community with an eye toward social justice and anti-racism. Prior to her time at the Arts Paper, she worked as a general assignment reporter for the New Haven Independent and a station manager at WNHH Community Radio. She holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and the Courtauld Institute of Art, both in art history, and is a former Fulbright fellow and the winner of a 2020 Connecticut Arts Hero Award. This year, she received recognition from the Elm City Freddy Fixer Parade Committee for her work.
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Justin Farmer is a twenty-five-year-old Legislative Councilman in Hamden, Connecticut running a grassroots campaign for Connecticut State Senate’s 17th district. Farmer is running on what he calls a Black Liberation Agenda, a platform that includes defunding state police, divesting from prisons, ending cash bail, and reinvesting resources in communities with a homes guarantee, a Green New Deal for Connecticut, quality education, and health care as a human right.
Farmer, who was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at age seventeen, considers himself an activist elected official and has been endorsed by Sunrise New Haven and Sunrise Connecticut. He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and has been endorsed by a number of local chapters as well as the national organization.
Elaine Kolb is a disability/diversity rights artist/activist, singer, songwriter, poet, performer, and grass-roots community organizer. Like Joanna Appleseed, she scatters songs & poems & outrageous humor, handing out endless pages, giving away plastic, rainbow, peace sign necklaces to children of all ages.